The Renaissance Engineer and CDIO

The Renaissance Engineer and CDIO

L. Haeck (2010).  The Renaissance Engineer and CDIO. 10.


The aim is to promote more real trans-discipline education in various engineering programs. The scopes are to encourage and recommend many engineering renaissance initiatives and reforms by several CDIO campuses and yes by going further then intra-disciplinary and/or traditional multidisciplinary approaches respecting border discipline.

In order to better serve our green society, we need wider educational and professional perspectives for the future generations of engineers to face their new problems in our complex international world. We need a more global professional with a holistic approach able to work in different trans-disciplinary teams and in different languages. They will build together a sustainable planet in our period of new renaissance.

We need a revolution on our campuses from both management and teaching staff (including their union and syndicates) to drastically change their traditional methods and thinking to serve better their students with the right balance education. Trans-disciplinary is one of the solution available for all these engineers of tomorrow needing a stronger social sciences curriculum at graduation and not only some camouflage crump. We need a constant and serious deep educational reform to make all the required changes now, if we really want to graduate more sustainable and global engineers. In the end, sadly maybe, we do prefer to protect the old guard again and our personal interests.

Are we ready or not to be reborn and participate in all the educational challenges of the new renaissance? Some maybe are just looking for their retirement pension ahead and do not want to rock the boat. We need more renaissance engineers with trans-disciplinary methods and skills techniques for a symbiotic synthesis for all the new challenges of this century and the CDIO syllabus could help us. 


Authors (New): 
Louis Haeck
École Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada
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